This guest house is situated in a small community overlooking Copacabana - you are welcome to stay with this local Carioca (Rio) family who have lived here for generations. Breakfast on the terrace is included in the price for 2 guests. Welcome!
Bed and breakfast situated in the community of Babilonia, Copacabana. The area is safe, friendly and has amazing views of the world's most iconic beach - Copacabana.
Your host Thiago and his family welcome tourists from far and away, language students looking for a homestay, NGO workers and Brazilians alike - everyone is welcome in our colourful home.
-EN SUITE BEDROOM PERFECT FOR COUPLES
-ROOF TOP TERRACE WITH HAMMOCKS AND STUNNING VIEWS TO THE SEA & BEACH & CRISTO REDENTOR
-FREE WIRELESS INTERNET
-FRIENDLY BRAZILIAN FAMILY AS HOSTS (English speaking)
This bed and breakfast boasts the BEST VIEW in Copacabana. Look at the pictures, you can see! The sunrise, and the sunset from the terrace are simply spectacular.
Situated on the hill behind Leme, Copacabana this family home is perfect as a base to explore Rio.
Babilonia is a neighbourhood of Copacabana which sits neatly on the hill behind the Leme end of the beach. You can access by taxi, or you can walk there. The area is safe, friendly and open for tourists to explore. Some of the coolest grafitti in Rio can be seen on the walls here.
The small Copacabana community of Babilonia has approx 5000 residents and was "pacified" in 2009. It is now an up an coming neighbourhood in itself. It is a 10 minute walk to the beach from the house. In the neighbourhood there are schools, banks (Bradesco & Itau), shops, bars, hostels, small hotels, and a great community spirit.
This accommodate is perfect for travelers who wish to experience Rio with a real Brazilian family.
A twin bedroom with a private bathroom (which is cleaned daily). Guests are also welcome to make use of the 2 rooftop terraces which are common areas for the 6 guest rooms
Interaction with Guests
Thiago is English speaking, and happy to help visitors orientate themselves in Rio. The family are welcoming and look forward to interact with guests as little or as much as they wish.
Babilonia is a small favela on the hill at the Leme end of Copacabana beach. The area has a safe and friendly atmosphere, with children playing in the streets, visitors are welcome to explore here. We know most of our neighbours and my family has been living here for generations. Please come visit and enjoy the community spirit and the amazing views to Copacabana and even to Cristo.
Moto-taxi (which costs R$3.00), taxis, bus and the closest metro station is Cardeal Arcoverde.
To travel from the airport to Copacabana I suggest you take the yellow cabs outside the airport - this should cost approx R$70 and the 20km journey usually takes 25mins depending on the traffic.
There are also regular buses, and express buses to Zona Sul from outside the airport.
Other Things to Note
Stay in a small Brazilian favela with a friendly local family.
A fresh tasty breakfast on the terrace is included.
Please be respectful of our home, you are very welcome here to enjoy with our family.
If we can help you in any way with Portuguese, or tour booking, or travel tips, please just ask.
Please leave everything in the house as you find out.
Bring beach towels for you to use - we will provide you with house towels.
If you wish to smoke, please do so outside on the terrace and not in the bedrooms.
It was an incredible stay at Thiago's and his lovely family. This vacation location has by far exceeded my/our expectation. We came across amazing sunrises, perfect sight on the Copa, delicious breakfasts and very warm people at the hostel and surroundings. If you want to experience the real Morro da Babilonia and its cariocas you have to stay there. Thanks again to make it for us an outstanding adventure.
Lovely accomodation near Copacabana in an authentic Brazilian house. The views are beautiful, rooms are double with private bathroom and fresh/healthy breakfast included each morning. We had complete intimacy. We were on a romantic gateway and found this place good value for money! Easy to reach from GIG airport (we took the shuttle bus 2018 to a station near Leme), local restaurants nearby, sandy beach, bus stops, taxis. The host, Vera (Thiago's mother) was very kind and smiley although she doesen't speak English. There is a touristic info point 15 minutes away and I highly recommend it as they are helpful. All in all, we recommend this place and hope to be back in Rio again :). PS. The place is on top of a safe and friendly favela, a bit of workout won't kill anyone to climb to the house :), but you can take mototaxi for 3 realsi. Thanks for hosting us. If anyone is in doubt, go for this place! You won't find a better value for private rooms and breakfast in Rio (and is a great start point for exploring the city).
Amazing view! Incredibly friendly hosts! The place is a bit hard to find at first but no problem afterwards.
Ohhhh boy !!! A lot of good memories here; hospitality , welcoming , the neighborhood.....
I felt reallllly home .On one hand , because Thiago and his family considered me as one of theirs ,invited me to his sister's birthday, talked with me .....On the other hand , the neighborhood is very popular, you can feel the energy from all lives and the families around you , they are all connected, everything is shared.
the view from the house is stunning, 360° , the Christo from a side, Copacabana's beach from a side , Leme's beach from another side and the green mountain is on another side.
The rooftop is the place to be in this house , you can see everything from the rooftop and decide which part of the city you wanna visit, you can play pool , you chill out in the hammock while reading and appreciating the view.
maybe you can find another beautiful place in the world, it will hard to find the energy and the will of happiness with nothing that's carioca's people have.
I recommend this place to people who wants to see a real part of Rio with real people talking to you even with some waving gesture but the most important thing is to communicate.
Hope this city will cross my destiny again....
Thiago and his mom Vera were excellent hosts while I stayed at their guesthouse in Leme for 4 nights. They were very flexible with my schedule. The other guests while I was staying there were very friendly and social. Easy access to Copacabana despite the steep climb, and the views from the deck were amazing. Excellent way to experience a slice of life in this favela in Leme.
My fiance and I stayed here for a week during carnival. It was simply amazing. The roof top terrace really has the best view. You can see Copacabana and the Christ statue while enjoying a fabulous breakfast (the best we had in our 8 weeks of South America). It's a very steep climb to the hostel but we always took the motor taxis for 3 Reales which was a cheap and fun way to get to the top. We felt really safe in the area. All in all I can only recommend staying here if you are visiting Rio.
I spent 7 days here. Thiagos home has a phantastic view of Copacabana and Christo Redentor. You can enjoy it from the hammok on the terrace and even have a seaview from your room. The breakfast is very good. Needless to say, that the room, the bathroom and the kitchen with all other shared areas are very clean and tidy.
You can walk to the beach and the mototaxis bring you back up the hill after swimming.
I totally recommend to stay here. If I come back to Rio I will do so myself.
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I am Carioca (someone from Rio) and have lived in this beautiful city all my life. I love to surf, skateboard, have barbecues, play football, socialise with friends, and enjoy the Rio way of life. We look forward to welcoming you to our house here in Copacabana.
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